Friday, July 30, 2010

I need your advice...

I am trying to create a master list of the basic layette items I need in the various sizes for the first year.

I comprised a list from the obnoxious amount of information on the internet, but not sure if I am lacking in any way or in excess.

This does not include the season specific items (snowsuit, brim hat) or accessories (bibs, socks, hats).

If you could give me any feedback it would be greatly appreciated :)

Here is what I have so far:


4-7 One piece outfits/ rompers
5-7 Sleepers
2-3 gowns
2-3 heavy/ warm sleepers
5-10 Onsies (short and long sleeve)
1-2 Sweater/ Jacket
6 side snap shirts (short and long sleeve)
6 pairs of baby pants and 6 tops ( I am thinking mix and match style)
2- 3 normal pre matched outfit sets


Oh and most important, I forgot to announce:


It's a boy!!!!!

4 comments:

likeschocolate said...

Your list looks good! I actually liked the gowns better than sleepers because they poops so much the first couple of weeks that it is nice not to have to undress them completely. Congratulations!

Sonya said...

Do not forget burp rags/receiving blankets. It's a good list..they go through clothes so fast because of all the diaper changes and messes..it's amazing how such a tiny butt can produce so much..lol

wifeofjoshua said...

I agree about gowns -- I like them better than sleepers for the first couple months because diaper changes are faster (not having to do those snaps all the time!!). Sleepers are warmer, though. I REALLY like long-sleeved onesies for with the gowns. The long sleeves keep the babies arms/hands so much warmer!

I also answered your Ergo question on my blog, but decided to paste it here as well in case you don't see it (since it took me a while to answer!). :)

"I have not tried the BabyBjorn carriers, so I can't give an opinion on them vs. the Ergo carriers. I see the Ergo is similar to some others (like Patapum and Beco) but those are still fairly pricey overall.

I really like my mei tai, and it is homemade! I think the link to the pattern is in the comments section of that post. I didn't make the mei tai myself, but if you or someone you know can sew, I don't think it would be too difficult. Fabrics make a difference on mei tais, I've heard, so I'd suggest reading up on which ones work best. Mine has a cotton lining and the rest (straps and outside) is a polyester (I think), and there is thin padding in the shoulder straps.

I know you can buy mei tais for $30 or so, and if they're as comfy as mine is then that's a great deal! :)

I have tried other baby carriers (Infantino is one brand I recall using) and didn't like them very well.

You could also look into making a Moby wrap -- basically a long piece of fabric used to carry a baby. There's lots on info online about that!

I have not had great success with ring slings, personally. They can be made affordably though (I helped make one for my first baby) and I recently saw one at GoodWill for $3.99!

I couldn't get a ring sling to work for an infant (I tried with all 4 of my babies!) but when they were old enough to sit up, I could use it for them (in an upright position) while grocery shopping, etc. and it was quick to put on and off, although it limited my mobility more than the mei tai or Ergo do. :)

I think if you are able to borrow any of these baby carrying options and try them out with your baby, that would be helpful for determining what works best for you! :) Also, some dads like carrying the child when out and about, so if you think your husband might be doing a bit of the carrying, that could influence your choice as well. :)"

I hope this is helpful! :)

Tammy said...

I agree about liking gowns for the first couple months... no hassle of snaps, with all those diaper changes! Gowns are not as warm as sleepers though. I lOVE long-sleeved onesies! Those always got lots of use for my babies. :)

I replied to your question about the Ergo, and thought I'd leave my answer here too, to make sure you see it. :)

"I have not tried the BabyBjorn carriers, so I can't give an opinion on them vs. the Ergo carriers. I see the Ergo is similar to some others (like Patapum and Beco) but those are still fairly pricey overall.

I really like my mei tai, and it is homemade! I think the link to the pattern is in the comments section of that post. I didn't make the mei tai myself, but if you or someone you know can sew, I don't think it would be too difficult. Fabrics make a difference on mei tais, I've heard, so I'd suggest reading up on which ones work best. Mine has a cotton lining and the rest (straps and outside) is a polyester (I think), and there is thin padding in the shoulder straps.

I know you can buy mei tais for $30 or so, and if they're as comfy as mine is then that's a great deal! :)

I have tried other baby carriers (Infantino is one brand I recall using) and didn't like them very well.

You could also look into making a Moby wrap -- basically a long piece of fabric used to carry a baby. There's lots on info online about that!

I have not had great success with ring slings, personally. They can be made affordably though (I helped make one for my first baby) and I recently saw one at GoodWill for $3.99!

I couldn't get a ring sling to work for an infant (I tried with all 4 of my babies!) but when they were old enough to sit up, I could use it for them (in an upright position) while grocery shopping, etc. and it was quick to put on and off, although it limited my mobility more than the mei tai or Ergo do. :)

I think if you are able to borrow any of these baby carrying options and try them out with your baby, that would be helpful for determining what works best for you! :) Also, some dads like carrying the child when out and about, so if you think your husband might be doing a bit of the carrying, that could influence your choice as well. :)"

Tammy

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